“Hanukkah Café” event for the members of family clubs was organized by JCC Emunah on November, 29. More than 60 people from among club’s members and the parents of the children who attend Mazl Tov Early Development Center got together to celebrate the Festival of Light. Everyone, who came to the celebration, followed the dress code and put on something red as a symbol of fire. The attendees enjoyed varied program of Shabbat evening that featured lighting Hanukkah candles, live concert of “Dilizhans-Jazz” band, fire show, and disco. Everyone could taste festive doughnuts. Big and bright Hanukkiah, the main symbol of the holiday, attracted everyone’s attention. The atmosphere during the event was very warm, brightened up with the spirit of Hanukkah miracles.
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Shabbaton, dedicated to preparation of young Jewish leaders for work in summer camps and communities across Belarus was held on 22-24 of November at Kryzhovka recreation center near Minsk. This educational event brought together attendees from all over the country.
The schedule was action-packed as it featured a great variety of educational and entertainment activities. Thus, the guys had a great chance to demonstrate their talents and skills, as well as learn something new.
Friday evening after Shabbat ceremony was a time of miracles and wonders. The participants created their own list of meaningful places, events and things.
Holding children’s art festivals has become a good and cherished tradition. Such events are always filled with pure joy, deep sincerity, and natural charm of young talents, brightened up with centuries-old Jewish history and culture highlights. The first “Galaxy of Talents” festival took place in 2007. On November, 9-10 Minsk welcomed the 6th Republican Children’s Art Festival “Galaxy of Talents-2013”, bringing together exceptionally gifted kids from all over Belarus.
On November, 9 the Minsk Jewish Campus hosted the qualifying round. High-professional jury had to choose the best performances to take the stage at the gala show out of an astonishing variety of presented genres, styles and artistic approaches.
The next day the finalists had a chance to demonstrate their talents at the concert, held at the Republican Veterans’ Palace of Culture.
Shabbaton “Hanukkah Lights” for children with special needs was held November 8-10, 2013.
56 participants from the whole Belarus attended shabbaton this year. Despite the autumn weather organizers and madrichim from JCC “Emunah” managed to share cheerfulness and good mood with every participant. Those days were filled with entertaining and joyful activities for both children and their parents. Everybody took an active part in each of them and had a lot of fun. Every class was devoted to the main theme of the shabbaton - Hanukkah and filled every participant with joy, warmth and hope for a miracle. Participants left the shabbaton not only with new experiences, new friends and new knowledge in Jewish culture and tradition, but also with great hope to come back next year.
There are more than 300 kind of travelling and tourist activities, and this number is permanently increasing.
Thanks to the generous support of the JDC the members of Youth and Family Clubs of Gomel Jewish community started to develop their own approach to hiking and had a chance to make their dreams come true.